SportInter Miami building for the future following another poor season
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Followers of Major League Soccer team Inter Miami suffered another disappointing campaign as the club again failed to produce the form needed to ensure success. This is a work in progress, and many supporters of the project understand that, but critics have accused the team of going backwards. The leading Florida sportsbooks don’t expect things to get better anytime soon and have no issues writing off the chances of glory in the 2022 season. That’s a worry for everyone connected to the club but their form in recent times makes that stance difficult to challenge.
Board member David Beckham and head coach Phil Neville enjoyed illustrious careers in Europe, playing for the likes of Manchester United, Real Madrid and England. The pair didn’t take failure lightly when on the field of play, and they didn’t hide their anger when a teammate wasn’t pulling their weight. They became stars of the sport due to their work ethic, will to win and desire to set high standards every day, from the training field to games. That explains why Becks and Neville haven’t wasted any time in ushering through an end of season clearout at the DRV PNK Stadium in Fort Lauderdale.
Beckham and Neville get to work
Despite having serious pull and attracting players many believe were a level or two above playing in the MLS, last year’s recruits have failed to live up to expectations. Results were poor, with supporters paying their money and buying into a dream only to receive very little in return. The squad looked over-paid, over-hyped and just not interested. This infuriated both Beckham and Neville as they have put their reputations on the line for the club. The least they expected back was commitment, but it wasn’t forthcoming.
Neville played at the highest standard in the English Premier League before retiring and moving into management. He had high hopes of taking on a job at a major team in Europe, possibly in England or the Scottish Premier League. He sacrificed that for the Inter Miami project, and there must have been times last season he wondered if he was doing the right thing. The fact he has stuck around proves his dedication to the cause, but that won’t go on forever. The players must give him something in return, and they must do it soon.
Inter Miami finished in 11th place in the Eastern Conference last season, winning just a dozen of their 34 games while drawing five and losing the remainder. Inter scored a lowly 36 goals, which is the lowest in the division while conceding 53. Their defensive stats weren’t ideal and well below the standards expected, but the team were much better at the back than in offence. That is something the team must work on during the off-season. Perhaps the manager can accept a portion of the blame there, being a reliable defensive player during his career.
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Bosses spring into action
Beckham and his board, backed by Neville and his coaches, wasted no time in getting down to business, immediately cutting off the deadwood at the club to make room for new signings. No less than ten players were released a matter of days after the end of the regular season, with the under-performing players told to find new clubs. That took fans and the media by surprise, but it would’ve been expected by the players who were rushed to the exit door. If they were honest with themselves, they know they weren’t good enough and had to leave Inter Miami for the good of the team.
Neville made his first addition not long after, adding his son Harvey to the first team player pool, promoting the 19-year-old from the academy. Big things are expected of the player, and England fans monitoring his progress will hope he is as good as his father. Harvey will likely be given plenty of game time in the coming season after impressing in the youths, and early reports have been positive.
Harvey spent last season at Inter Miami’s sister club Fort Lauderdale where he played alongside Beckham’s son Romeo. Although young Neville has made the step up and is ready to contest the right-back slot this season, Romeo will spend another year on loan, where he’ll gain vital experience and aim to continue his progression. That’s another player football fans in the United Kingdom will be keen to keep an eye on.
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